Blinky McSquinty wrote:
Formula Three cars have a production block of 4 cylinders, 2 liters, and an air intake restrictor of 1.0 inches (26mm). This is the bottleneck in getting power, and every attempt is made to get as much air as possible to flow through that tiny one inch hole. The intake is very carefully shaped to maximize airflow, And they stick it out on the side to get as clean an airflow as possible, free from surface boundaries and turbulence. The entire air intake system is also exposed, and easily available to inspection by the sanctioning body to make sure no one has some hole or allowed leakage into the intake system past the restrictor.
It's the engine construction and having one bank of cylinders that's led to the very assymetrical design people aren't used to seeing in Formula 1, GP2, Indy, CART, Champ Car, etc. I see nothing wrong with it. Just different.